Coach has had me focusing on sprint intervals as well as 3 minute VO2Max intervals. He believes me to be more of an "all-rounder" which in looking at the power profile, I would tend to agree with.
So, for the fun of it, when I was unsuccessful in getting into/creating a sustainable break at prospect park, I decided to stop patrolling the front, mix in with the pack, and wait for the final sprint (recently I have been breaking 38mph in my training sprints and while I know that this speed is irrelevant, I know that it is better than I have ever done in the past and so I feel I might be able to sprint with the big boys).
With just over a lap to go (so roughly 3.5 miles) I decided to move from my wheel sucking 50th to a respectable top 10 or so.
I was completely humbled however. Not in my strength, or lack of fitness, but my inability to use 3.5 miles to move up 100 meters in the pack. There was a wall of riders, constant braking as people were fighting for position, and I felt helpless. Every wheel I jumped on immediately braked. Bottom line is I wanted to go to the front, I wanted to be ON the front, leading the entire pack out. I would rather have done that than being hopelessly stuck 40 places back.
So, the question is, when do you guys move up? Do you get to the front with 5 to go? 10 to go? Only in the last mile?
Personally, I felt if things were just strung out, I could have surfed up the side with no problem, but with the slow pack speeds, there was no place to go outside of the jogger's lane (illegal for those of you who don't know).
So how about it? Advice for someone who is used to sprinting from smaller groups?